Sunday, February 27, 2011

News On The Horizon 2/27/2011

No. 17 Wisconsin-Green Bay rolls past Butler
Game 7-062: Milwaukee at Cleveland State--The Mid-Majority
Stardate 110-20110225: Stars You Never Could See--The Mid-Majority

Conference Shootaround
Horizon League: Milwaukee is the hottest team in Horizon League play, but not sure anybody was prepared for the emphatic nature of last night's win at Cleveland State. Forget the 87-83 final score, this was a Panther blowout (they led by as many as 18 in the second half) until a late burst made the score pretty. After Valpo's equally surprising foldo at home against Loyola (a 68-48 drop), it's now a three-way tie with one game to go. Milwaukee earned the upper hand with that win; if they win fail to screw up against Youngstown State on Saturday, they win the group tiebreaker (3-1 against the other two) get the double-bye to the semifinals and host the last two rounds. Cleveland State can still win the No. 1 outright if Loyola victimizes Butler and YSU wins. And don't forget that folks still call the Horizon League tournament the "Butler Invitational"... but the Bulldogs need a lot of outside help.

Mid-Majority Chat Block, Episode 715--The Mid-Majority


[Comment From JTJT: ]
Will the Horizon regular season champ and the tourney favorite be the same team?
Friday February 25, 2011 4:17 JT

It really depends on who's who. If the No. 1 is Butler, they're in danger of going up against Milwaukee again, and that's a really bad matchup. If Cleveland State somehow pulls it out, they're really weak against Butler's two "glue sticks" up front. It'll come down to the internal DNA of the tourney bracket, and that's really exciting to think about now. Just think how awesome the actual event is going to be.


[Comment From TyTy: ]
Valpo looked fantastic in their Bracketbusters matchup, like a team that could give any tournament team fits with their style. Do they have any shot at an at-large or do they pretty much have to win out?
Friday February 25, 2011 4:19 Ty

No team in the Horizon should be taking anything for granted; I just saw two coaches last night, Waters and Jeter, who are definitely taking a win-out-or-die approach. I certainly don't see Homer Drew, wise old sage that he is, looking ahead. They all need to win out, and I don't think semifinal losers have any chance at all to get into the NCAA's. Get to the final, then let's see who we have left standing. And honestly? I think the BracketBusters showed how bad the Valley is out of context, and little else.


[Comment From Coaches vs. Cleveland St.Coaches vs. Cleveland St.: ]
Hey Kyle, can you please come to games where we play Cleveland State? You seem to be the best defense against Mr. Cole.
Friday February 25, 2011 4:22 Coaches vs. Cleveland St.

I have no idea when that started, but I have never seen him play a great game in person, ever. Maybe he sees that little orange basketball out of the corner of his eye and it haunts his psyche because Bally has a better haircut than him. He's like orange kryptonite. But I think Mr. Cole is an excellent ballplayer and an even better human dude, he does a lot in the community and for kids and is far more humble than anybody with his talents should be.

The Other 26: Week 15--Rush The Court
Friday's Shootaround--Ballin' is a Habit

Milwaukee 87, Cleveland State 83: The Panthers moved into a first place tie with Cleveland State and Butler in the Horizon League standings thanks to 28 points and nine boards from Tony Meier. It sets up a wild Saturday, where all three teams tip within the span of an hour. If all three win, Milwaukee is the No. 1 seed and Butler is the No. 2 seed.

Loyola 68, Valpo 48: The Crusaders would have been part of that three-way tie atop the conference if they hadn't gotten blown out Thursday.

Friday's Pregame Beat: Previewing your college hoops weekend--Ballin' is a Habit


* 1:05 pm: Milwaukee @ Youngstown State; 2:00 pm: Green Bay @ Cleveland State; 2:00 pm: Loyola @ Butler: Milwaukee, Cleveland State, and Butler are all tied for the Horizon League lead heading into the regular season's final weekend.
* 8:05 pm: Illinois-Chicago @ Valpo: Thanks to an unfortunate loss on Thursday night, Valpo is now on the outside looking in of the top of the Horizon.

NIT Bracketology - With the bracket

Official RTC Bubble Watch: 02.25.11--Rush The Court


Butler 19-9 (10-5), 50 RPI, 81 SOS- Butler’s case to the committee would be boosted if Milwaukee loses at Youngstown State on Saturday and the Bulldogs take care of Loyola at Hinkle Fieldhouse, therefore handing Butler yet another regular season Horizon title. Butler’s chances are fairly simple. If they lose again to anyone but RPI top-50 Cleveland State (say Milwaukee or Valparaiso in the conference tournament), it’s extremely unlikely they earn a spot in the field as an at-large with six poor losses in Horizon League play. Their neutral court win over Florida State only holds so much weight and the Washington State victory means close to nothing. Butler is right on the fringe at this moment.

BGTD: Late Afternoon/Evening Games Analysis--Rush The Court

Bubbling Up: Colorado, Baylor and Kansas State in the Big 12; Butler in the Horizon; Clemson and Virginia Tech in the ACC; Michigan in the Big Ten; UAB in CUSA.

Mid-major royalty fighting to crash the Dance--Eye on College Basketball
Paul George Tried To Block Gordon Hayward--The Big Lead
Utah Jazz: Corbin likes what he sees from newcomers--Deseret News

Tonight will also mark the first time Indiana native Gordon Hayward will get a chance to play in his home state as a professional.

"To be able to come here and play and at least be on the court and not in the stands is really special," said Hayward, who hit a championship-winning shot at Conseco Fieldhouse during his Brownsburg High School days. "It will be fun to play in front of my home crowd and my friends and family."

Utah Jazz: Devin Harris, Derrick Favors impressive in Jazz debut--Deseret News

"It's gotta be difficult coming into a team 50-something games into the season with one practice and be expected to play and kind of know the offense and blend in," Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward said. "But I thought they did a terrific job on that.

"I think the most important thing," he added, "is they competed, which is what you want from players coming in. They did a great job."

High praise coming from the most popular man in Indiana.

But Hayward was hardly the only one in the Jazz locker room giving the pair props.

Utah Jazz: Al Jefferson leads Jazz over Pacers for Ty Corbin's first win as head coach--Deseret News

It was a fun homecoming night for Gordon Hayward.
The team was also exited to be part of Haywardmania. The former Butler star and Indiana native — from nearby Brownsburg — treated the loudly supportive crowd with a monster dunk, three rebounds and some trademark Hoosier State hustle during his first game back in Indiana as a professional.

Though Hayward was raucously cheered on by the crowd of 16,205 — a bunch of whom wore No. 20 Jazz jerseys — the No. 9 overall pick also had a shot swatted by Indiana's Jeff Foster. Pacers fans loudly cheered to show their real colors when that happened.

But Hayward's team left Conseco with the win, so the lifelong Pacer fan will happily take that away from his special night.

"That's the ultimate goal. ... Whether or not I even played, I'm most happy about the win," Hayward said. "We've been struggling a little bit, so it was good to get a win finally and we played well as a team."

Utah Jazz notebook: Gordon Hayward receives warm homecoming--Deseret News
Hayward’s homecoming: Jazz rookie thrills hometown fans with big dunk--Salt Lake Tribune
Saturday Mid-Major Action: Indiana State, Evansville Close Regular Season With Wins. Butler Wins Horizon League--SB Nation Indiana
Butler fans create 'robot' to honor Ronald Nored--The Indy Star
Butler's Howard helps lift his hometown, Connersville--The Indy Star
Butler wins without Stevens, earns share of Horizon title--The Indy Star
Stevens leaves with eye problem--The Indy Star
Bulldogs deliver perfect finish against Loyola, 63-56--The Indy Star
Win, dunk highlight Hayward’s return--Indy Star Butler Insider
Defense, coach Graves do it for Dawgs--Indy Star Butler Insider
Is Butler playing its best basketball of the season?--Victory Firelight
Game Preview: Butler vs. Loyola--Victory Firelight
Butler clinches tourney 2-seed with win--Victory Firelight
Loyola (Chicago) vs Butler: Recap Notes--BUTLER BLUE FEVER
On this day 8 years ago - Feb 27, 2003--BUTLER BLUE FEVER
Butler Beats Loyola (Chicago), 63-56--BUTLER BLUE FEVER
Butler Clinches Record Fifth Straight League
Butler's Brad Stevens Recovering From Eye

Bulldogs Try To Rebound vs. #17/13 Green
#17/13 Green Bay Defeats

Latest loss shows Cleveland State men's team's faults: College Basketball Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Apologetic after his Thursday outburst, Cleveland State's Gary Waters says Vikings can still earn NCAA bid: Terry Pluto--Cleveland Plain Dealer
It's a low-key celebration for Horizon co-champion Vikings: Cleveland State Insider--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Vikings earn share of Horizon regular-season title by defeating Wisconsin-Green Bay, but must take long road to postseason crown--Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland State 64, Green Bay 57: Vikings Earn Share of Horizon League Regular Season Title--Let's Go Vikes!
Green Bay vs Cleveland State: Recap Notes--VIKINGS BALL
Cleveland State Beats Green Bay, 64-57--VIKINGS BALL
Vikings Topple Green Bay, 64-57, To Claim First Horizon League

Vikings Top Youngstown State, 76-71, Move Into Tie For Third

State hoops: Detroit Mercy rallies to win regular season finale--The Detroit Free Press
Titans Grab 77-67 Win and Five-seed in HL
Horizon League First Round Tickets Now

Four Titans Net Double Figures As Detroit Upends

Scouting: UIC @ Valparaiso--The Chicago Tribune
Valparaiso rolls past Illinois-Chicago 79-65--The Chicago Tribune
Stanley a buzzkill to Flames--Whoosh!Net
Senior Day nightmare--Whoosh!Net
UIC vs Valparaiso: Recap Notes--FLAME FANATIC
On this day 4 years ago - Feb 27, 2007--FLAME FANATIC
UIC Drops One To Valparaiso, 79-65--FLAME FANATIC
Flames Fall at Valpo in Regular Season Finale,

Women's Basketball Wins Third Straight Over Wright State,

Scouting: Loyola @ Butler--The Chicago Tribune
Butler loses coach but tops Loyola--The Chicago Sun-Times
Loyola (Chicago) vs Butler: Recap Notes--LU WOLF BALL
Butler Beats Loyola (Chicago), 63-56--LU WOLF BALL
Gritty Effort Comes Up Short In Loyola's 63-56 Loss At
Loyola Earns Number Eight Seed, Will Face Detroit In First Round Of Horizon League Championship

Loyola Falls To Detroit In Alumni Gym Finale,

Men's basketball: Today's UWGB vs. Cleveland State preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Men's basketball: Young stars give Phoenix chance in regular-season finale--Green Bay Press Gazette
Game 31: Cleveland State 64, UWGB 57 FINAL--UWGB Basketball
Green Bay vs Cleveland State: Recap Notes--PHOENIX FEVER
Cleveland State Gets 64-57 Win Over Green Bay--PHOENIX FEVER
Green Bay's Furious Rally Falls Short at Cleveland

Today's UWGB women's basketball preview--Green Bay Press Gazette
Women's basketball: Phoenix puts on show for sellout crowd--Green Bay Press Gazette
No. 17 UWGB women vs. Butler--UWGB Basketball
Record Day the Phoenix Way in 93-57 Win over

Panthers in three-way tie for Horizon title--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Panthers win Horizon regular-season title--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It’s not over: Game 30 vs. Youngstown State--PantherU
PantherU Live Chat--PantherU
Faith rewarded--PantherU
Milwaukee vs Youngstown State: Recap Notes--UWM UPDATE
Milwaukee Beats Youngstown State in Overtime, 94-87--UWM UPDATE
Postgame Extra – Milwaukee at Youngstown State--Panther Blog Zone
Panthers Are League Champs, Tournament Hosts After Overtime
Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship Ticket

UWM's Laur leaves home in style, hits game-winner--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Post-Game Wrap-Up: Milwaukee vs. Valparaiso--Panther Blog Zone
Laur's Layup Sends Panthers Past Valparaiso,

Unselfish Play Highlights Senior Night for Valpo--Confessions of a Sports Junkie
Desperate times for Valpo--The Post-Tribune
VU men: ‘I do think we needed it’--The Post-Tribune
VU shifts focus to matchup with Youngstown--The Post-Tribune
UIC at Valparaiso, Live Blog, Feb. 26--Off The Mark
Valpo looks to snap skid against UIC--The NWI Times
Johnson leads fourth-place Crusaders over the Flames--The NWI Times
Crusaders to host Youngstown State on Tuesday night--The NWI Times
Live from the ARC: Valparaiso vs. UIC--Region Sports Extra
UIC vs Valparaiso: Recap Notes--FOLLOW VALPO DAILY
Valparaiso Over UIC, 79-65--FOLLOW VALPO DAILY
Crusaders Defeat UIC on Senior Night, Host YSU to Open HL

VU women head to Milwaukee--The Post-Tribune
Scouting Valparaiso University women's basketball--The NWI Times
VU women's basketball team loses in the final seconds--The NWI Times
Milwaukee Nips Valpo Women in Final

Defeat drops Raiders to sixth seed in HL tourney--Dayton Daily News
Raiders learn tourney foe today--Dayton Daily News
For Tabler, a lesson learned--Dayton Daily News
Commentary: No. 6 seed could be good for Wright State--Dayton Daily News
Horizon tourney set; Green Bay at WSU in 1st round--Dayton Daily News
WSU fades late and loses regular season finale to Detroit, 77-67--Wright State University Sports
UW-Milwaukee wins Horizon League title by surviving overtime in Youngstown--Wright State University Sports
WSU will host UW-Green Bay in HL tournament first round after Loyola loss--Wright State University Sports
West Virginia guard becomes final WSU recruit in Class of 2011--Wright State University Sports
--Through the Arch--Fairborn Daily Herald
Raiders fall to Detroit
--The Guardian
Raiders Fall to Detroit in Regular-Season
#6 Seeded Raiders to Host #7 Seed Green Bay Tuesday

Women Drop 77-60 Decision at

BUZZER-BUMMER--Youngstown Vindicator
Fan Blog: Future of YSU Hoops is Very Bright!--Let's Go Guins!
Milwaukee vs Youngstown State: Recap Notes--GUIN REPORT
UPDATED: Devonte Maymon is questionable for Tuesday's Horizon Conference Tournament game against Valparaiso--GUIN REPORT
Milwaukee Too Much for Youngstown State In Overtime, 94-87--GUIN REPORT
Pesky Penguins Push Milwaukee to OT Before Falling--The Jambar
Pesky Penguins Push Milwaukee to OT Before

Cleveland State Rallies to Knock Off YSU,

Field Set for 2011 Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship--Horizon League Network

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